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Meet the EU’s new fluorinated greenhouse gas (F-gas) regulation with verification services from SGS.

F-gases, a common substitute for a range of man-made ozone-depleting gases, may not damage the ozone layer, but they are powerful greenhouse gases. EU Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases has been introduced to combat climate change and reduce F-gas emissions.

Accredited by UKAS to undertake F-gas verification as part of its EU ETS verification capability, SGS can help you to demonstrate compliance with the regulations reporting requirements.

Who Is Affected by Regulation (EU) No 517/2014?

The regulation has implications for any company that:

  • Manufactures, uses or services equipment that contains F-gases, like refrigeration and air conditioning systems, solvents or aerosols
  • Produces or wholesales F-gas
  • Imports or exports F-gas, or equipment containing F-gas, to or from the European Union (such as white goods, automotive and commercial chilling, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment)

It is anticipated that, in the UK, a significant number of companies that import refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump pre-charged equipment that falls within the scope of the Regulation will require verification.

What Does The F-Gas Regulation Do?

Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 introduces a quota system to control the manufacture and import of F-gases in the EU and requires reporting of production, import, export and destruction of F-gases via a central EU portal.

There are two categories of verification requirements. For companies that:

  1. Manufacture and import certain equipment pre-charged with F-gases (from 2017) – Verification is covered under regulation 2016/879 published in 2016 and requires verification of documentation and declarations of conformity including details of the number of units imported and the type and amount of F-gases included in those units. Initial verification will need to be completed by the end of March 2018

  2. Produce, import or export and place on the market 10,000 tonnes of CO2e or more of F-gases (from 2015) – Verification is required to confirm the accuracy of the data reported to the EU via the central portal

Contact SGS today to ensure compliance with EU Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases.